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Keen to have a field day

After some scintillating performances, Delhi set to nail Chargers. Shalabh Manocha reports. Face-off | Yellow pages

india Updated: Apr 19, 2012 01:32 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
Shalabh Manocha,New Delhi,Delhi Daredevils

Often, it's the batting and bowling of two sides that's compared to pick a favourite. But in the Delhi Daredevils-Deccan Chargers' match, the factor which gives the hosts the upper hand is their fielding.

Not only have Virender Sehwag's boys batted and bowled well, they have also looked one of the best fielding sides.

Let down

On the other hand, the Chargers have been let down twice by their bowlers and fielders. In the last game against the Rajasthan Royals, the Chargers dropped two crucial catches towards the end, which allowed Rahul Dravid's side to pull off a last-ball win. Even against the Mumbai Indians, the fielding wasn't at its best.

"It was disappointing to see the way we fielded against Rajasthan as we'd practiced hard during the break between the second and third games," said coach Darren Lehmann.

The Daredevils, who have won three of their four games, have been electric on the field and have the stats to prove it. Of the 31 run outs before Wednesday’s game between the Knight Riders and Kings XI, eight were effected by the Daredevils.

They have an even better record at home when it comes to finding the stumps. Of the eight run outs, four were against the Chennai Super Kings at the Ferozshah Kotla, a game which was decided in the hosts’ favou r thanks to their fielding.

"As coach, my job is done if I see the boys enjoying their fielding. Today was an optional fielding session but almost everyone turned up, so that proves it," said Eric Simons, the head coach.

Simons also said that he wasn't taking the opposition lightly even though they haven't won any game so far.

Practice on Wednesday was a light affair as both sides didn't strain themselves. In fact, some of the big names didn't turn up.

While Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara and pacer Dale Steyn both were missing, as they returned from Jaipur only in the afternoon, Daredevils' skipper Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan too opted out.

A cloudy day is forecast for Thursday, and if it doesn't rain, the pitch is likely to be a good one for batting.

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First Published: Apr 19, 2012 00:15 IST